GM Finally Reaches a Deal with Spyker. Saab Spyker Automobiles is Born
Saab has already streamlined its product line and the 2010 9-5 and 9-4X are both very handsome cars and have been well received by the press. The R&D for both have been completed and more importantly paid for, reducing the overall risk that Spyker is taking on.
On the local front, there is no news if Saab Spyker Automobiles has any plans for their South African dealer network but the certainty that Saab as a brand will not disappear should give local owners some peace of mind.
The slightly more interesting debate is what this means for Spyker’s production line. The build quality of the bespoke C8, albeit gorgeous, felt a bit kit-car like – a definite no no in a car that was over R3 million when I sat in one a few years ago. I would hope that Saab’s mass production experience will help increase the over quality of Spyker.
After purchase support has always been a grey area with Spyker’s in South Africa but with an established dealer network Spyker could offer the C8 (and future Spyker super cars) on the same floor as 9-5’s making buying and owning a Spyker a better experience.
Lastly, it also gives Spyker the option to make a cost effective move to offering turbo charged engines, a field that Saab has ample experience in